5 Hotels to Book for 5,000 Points via New PointBreaks List

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As I briefly mentioned yesterday, the brand new IHG PointBreaks list is out for bookings and stays through July 31, 2016, and this is always big news in the miles and points world as hotels that typically go for 20,000, 30,000, or more IHG points per night drop down to just 5,000 points per night.

Effectively using points is the hardest part of the earning and burning equation, and using just 5,000 points per night for a hotel room is an amazing way to stretch your points – heck, book two rooms and spread the family out a bit!

To it in perspective, if you buy IHG points via the current Daily Getaways sale at just $0.00565 (just over 1/2 a cent) each, then at 5,000 points per night you are paying just $28.25 per hotel night when staying at a PointBreaks hotel. That is a great value, and if you have IHG points that you earned “for free” then obviously the deal is even sweeter.

The downside to the PointBreaks list is that it is seemingly random and the odds that a hotel you need on the date you want is on the list isn’t great, though of course that does happen. I think a more fun way to use PointBreaks is to let them be your guide to an extent. If you have the flexibility, it isn’t a terrible idea to find a hotel or two on the list that will work for your family and make a trip out of that deal, even if just for a long weekend or a stopover on a road trip. Remember it is usually the destination you are after, not a”luxurious” Holiday Inn Express or similar.

Also remember if you have the co-branded IHG credit card you get 10% of your redeemed points back making the deal even sweeter. Here are a few hotels that jump out at me as interesting on the current list…

Holiday Inn Plattsburgh (Adirondack Area) 

This hotel is in an area that is great in the summer near Lake Champlain, Plattsburgh City Beach, and Ausable Chasm. We stayed in the area (though at a VRBO house) a few summers ago and it was a great family destination. Being able to stay for just 5,000 points per night in the summer months instead of the regular 30,000 points is insane, and I don’t think your family could go wrong spending a few days in this part of the country.


Ausable Chasm

Candlewood Suites Corpus Christi

As far as Texas beaches go, Corpus Christi is one of the nicer ones and there are some other family friendly activities in the area such as the Texas State Aquarium, USS Lexington and Corpus Christi Botanical Gardens. This hotel isn’t far from many of those activities, so it can make total sense at just 5,000 points per night instead of the normal 15,000.

Fun in Corpus Christi

Fun in Corpus Christi

Crowne Plaza Madison

I’ve never been to Wisconsin, but heading north away from the southern states in the summer just sounds smart, especially when a Crowne Plaza makes the PointBreaks list at just 5,000 points per night instead of the regular 25,000 points per night.

Crowne Plaza Madison

Holiday Inn Express Pensacola West – Navy Base

Whether you have ties to the Naval Base, or just want to stay seven miles from Pensacola Beach, this property could be a great deal during the summer at 5,000 points per night instead of the regular 25,000.


Holiday Inn Express Luzern Switzerland

The PointBreaks list has not only US hotels, but also international properties where you can take advantage of paying with points in traditionally expensive locations. The Holiday Inn Express Luzern jumped out me because anything that is a deal in Switzerland is worthy of a mention. This property usually goes for 30,000 points per night, but via PointBreaks it is just 5,000 points per night.


Not that most of us probably need convincing that Switzerland is worth a visit, but here are some activities to do in and around Luzern. The countryside, the lake, views of the mountains… just $28.25 per night.

Do any of the new PointBreaks jump out at you as being good for summer family travel?

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      • The only “problem” with the Holiday Inn Luzern is that it is not quite located in Luzern 🙁 If you look on the map it is totally outside the city next to a highway around 12km from the city which for Switzerland that is a long way. One of the beauties of Swtizerland is that public transportation is very reliable (never rented a car there) but I am not sure you could go very easy from this hotel to the city center.

  1. I had originally booked the Hyatt Regency Johannesburg (#7 on Tripadvisor) for travel this summer. I found a Best Rate for a bit over $130 and confirmed a DSU. However, have now switched to the Crowne Plaza (#12) for 5,000 points plus about $31 to confirm a suite upgrade!

    • I stayed at the Hyatt Regency Johannesburg a couple of months ago. I’d say you definitely won out on the Crowne Plaza (despite the fact that I haven’t stayed there). The club lounge at the Hyatt Regency has this weird open air layout in the middle of the floor it’s on. They keep the windows open all the time, so there are insects all over the food. The only thing that made it kind of interesting was that the President (dictator?) of a small African country was staying on the club floor also, so there was a constant interesting entourage. Also of note was that housekeeping accidentally left a document in my room that showed the names and room numbers of the various guests — as well as how their room was paid for. That President’s room, interestingly, was paid for by the embassy of another African nation. So fun times as far as that part is concerned….but if it’s any indication of the protection of your privacy or level of general care / customer service at the Hyatt Regency there, I’d say you’re a winner for not staying there. And to be sure, it is a strong indication. I had several small issues (trouble with WiFi, a left article in the room, etc.) that required just a little bit of help — and getting help took a loooooooong time. Never been to a Hyatt with less enthusiasm for customer service. Not necessarily rude service, just no desire to provide much service.

  2. Thanks for the list of places here btw! I’m from Upstate NY and saw the HI Plattsburgh on the list. Despite having been to both Plattsburgh and the general Adirondacks region many times, I don’t always associate the two together :-). Might as well make a weekend trip up this summer! We’ll have you to thank for that!

    • Let me add a double thanks — I just booked the only weekend left where Friday and Saturday nights were both available during the Pointbreaks period. Great timing on the article! Thanks again!

  3. Thanks so much for the article. I booked the Holiday Inn Pensacola Fl. On the drive down we are going to stay at Huntsville IHG points break Holiday Inn and take our granddaughter to the space center . Couldn’t have done this without the heads up from your article! Thank you

  4. Thought I had 2 out-of-the-way places I probably won’t book that looked like interesting deals — but, oops, the Paris HI “on the way to Disneyland” is gone, leaving only:


  5. So did you madly scramble through the list of UK properties like we did trying to figure out if any of them were a decent overnight stop for our respective Summer trips?

  6. Perfect timing.
    I will be staying at the Crown Plaza in Madison Wi,4th of July! On Point Breaks!
    Will be at the High Noon Saloon that day to hear some of my fave texas musicians:
    Wayne Hancock and Dale Watson!!

  7. My family of 6 will be staying at the Staybridge Suites in Edmonton to visit our families this summer. 10 nights in a $150/night hotel room paid for by 1 night at the Holiday Inn Houston Hobby during the accelerate 2016 promotion!

  8. We have a family roadtrip in June that I was looking forward to using pointsbreak on as we hadn’t decided where exactly to stop on the way home.

    I checked the 4 hotels that were on the way the night the list came out. ALL FOUR had only 1 bed accessible rooms for points. None had 2 beds, none had rooms that were not accessible rooms.

    Very disappointing.

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